Secret Set Building

Last year I made a promise to myself to do a set that pulled together some of the pieces I’ve written about music and the role it has played in my life. If you’ve been reading my Monday blogs posts you know I‘ve been writing about the cd’s in my collection – a very slow, inside look at the content, when I bought them, and a bit about the emotional history of some of the music.


sky flying v

I also have pieces which involve music in the setting of my life. Some where written for (the no longer happening) Coffeehouse Cabaret tribute nights run by Norman Cristofoli, at the no longer opened Renaissance Cafe on the Danforth. They did shows were musicians were to do cover versions, writers did reflection on & sometimes read lyrics by.

The range was wide Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, delta blues and more. It spurred me to try things for these nights and rifle through my past in a more deliberate way. I already had many things kicking around but I was fun to generate new pieces.


crack of sky

So when the Secret Handshake opportunity came I merely had to go through my archive and pick pieces. There are too too many to choose from. I wanted a set that reflected the scope of my tastes and experiences from Mario Lanza to Donna Summer, from delta blues to disco. I’ve also been writing about some of these pieces in my Wednesday poetry blog – this means less talk between pieces when I perform them.


sky high roof

Each has undergone editing while I also try to get the sequence that flows. Some pieces reflect a mood as opposed to particular piece of music. It may not be chronological or even logical. I know how it’ll open and close – with two pieces that reflect each other in imagery. Ginsburg wrote about the Hydrogen Jukebox, – this will be My Generation Jukebox. Poetry you can dance to.


Oogie Inferno

let’s get this party started

if you’re thinkin’ I’m too cool to boogie

boy oh boy have I got news for you

I love the sweaty potential of the dance floor

the solid mass of men mobile   shifting

eagerly crammed    crowded by the bass line

the righteous revival fever of a contralto

everybody here tonight must boogie

let me tell ya’ I was no exception to the rule

the heat was on (burnin’), rising to the top, huh!

eyes closed   hands open

shirtless strutters in sweat soaked satin shorts

muscles    bloated bellies   no one cares

as flesh wound around  pulled by the driving

boogie oogie oogie


an endless moment of contact high

thigh to thigh contact

the heat was on, rising to the top

where the keyboard was underfoot

put your feet to the beat

peak after peak of solid state sweat

turn this beat around

no voice heard that wasn’t amplified

no time to waste, let’s get this show on the road

listen to the music and let our bodies flow

yowsa yowsa yowsa    dance dance dance

shame shame shame  ga ga ooh la la

we were shimmering glittering

ready to take on the future    beep beep toot toot


I love the moment of stepping into the mass

the sooner I begin the longer I’ve got to groove

listen to the music and let bodies move

make a space for myself

get approving once overs

then not care who’s lookin’

but when my spark got hot

I heard somebody say

Burn baby burnin’ the house down

gonna boogie oogie oogie

till you just can’t boogie no more


I love the blur as I am transported

out the body   out of the mind

satisfaction (uhu hu hu) in the chain reaction

released from all sense of self

except for the one caught     immersed

push push in the bush bush

lost for hours

ga ga ooh la la

boogie oogie oogie


taking a breather wet glistening

asked what are you on

as if the music and testosterone

aren’t enough for me to

burn that cocksucker down

because have I got news for you

this could be the last dance

last chance for a bad romance

everybody here tonight must

boogie oogie oogie


April 26, 2015 – Sunday – 2-5 – Featuring – The Secret Handshake Gallery – 170 Baldwin Ave., 2nd floor, Toronto.


May 7 – Thursday – 8 pm – Judging – Hot Damn! It’s A Queer Slam Season 1 finals – Buddies in Bad Times Theatre – 12 Alexander St., Toronto –


June 5-7 – attending – Capturing Fire – Washington DC


(2015 registration posted but details not posted yet. I’ve registered already 🙂 )

June 21-26 – attending – Rosemary Aubert’s Workshop: The Novelist’s Selfie – Loyalist – Belleville


register now while there is room at the table

page 23 for details next page down for registration info

June 27, Saturday – 7:00-  Feature: Hot Summer Nights at Hirut, Hirut Restaurant, 2050 Danforth Ave., Toronto


September 3-6 – attending – Fan Expo


October 18, Sunday – feature: Cabaret Noir: Inner Child Sacrifice


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disco daddy

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